College Planning & Management

MAY 2013

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INTERIORS SMALL-SCALE SUSTAINABILITY WPU Veterans Center. Light fi xtures with both uplight and downlight components Attention paid to furniture is also improvide less eye strain for the user. In addition to being fluorescent, therefore reduc- portant; all upholstery fabrics will contain ing the cooling load, the fi xtures will be carefully zoned based on the user groups' recycled polyester or high wool content, and needs, so only needed fi xtures are operated at any given time. carry a third-party certification. It is up to us as industry professionals Designed for Comfort to incorporate sustainable strategies into Energy management controls — such as programmable thermostats — will be all of our projects, regardless of size or installed to regulate energy requirements during the day. An energy-efficient HVAC if LEED certification is being sought. unit was installed directly in the space in lieu of taking air from an older, less ef- We must also educate our clients on the ficient unit placed far enough away to require reheating and cooling. benefits of green design; the spaces that we Material selection is, of course, vital to the sustainability of any project. Fincreate shape the way we live our lives, and ishes that utilize recycled content, have low VOC off-gassing properties, carry a it is our responsibility to create sustainable third-party certification relevant to the product category, and are locally sourced projects, big or small. CPM are the ideal. Peter Johnston, RA, is the principal in At the WPU Veterans Center, PJA selected finishes that contribute sustainable Peter Johnston Architect, PC (www.peterattributes to the project, including: • Carpet that carries the CRI Green Label Plus certification, and is made in part Laura Nemerson is an interior designer and sustainability of recycled content; specialist at the firm's Hoboken, NJ, office. • rubber flooring made largely of recycled content; Peter Johnston Architect, PC is a full-service • low-VOC paint to be applied to walls and ceiling; and • Kirei board, fabricated from sunflower seeds, will be used at the exterior walls architecture and design firm specializing in sustainable solutions in higher education. of the office, creating a central focal element in the space. 72 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / MAY 2013 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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